John Roosevelt Boettiger, the grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is the 4-year-old blond-haired boy pictured on the far right in 1943. Boettiger’s parents, John and Anna, resided on the North end at that time.
Don Gulliford, a longtime Mercer Island resident, remembers attending the Emmanuel Church Nursery School in the old Guild Hall.
“Johnny pulled me out of ‘class’ (we shared a desk) and out we went to meet his grandfather in a snow storm. When Winston Churchill said meeting FDR for the first time was like your first glass of champagne ... he was 100 percent right,” Gulliford said.
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